Toppa Top 6: The Caribbean’s Best Book Festivals

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May 29, 2014


1. Calabash International Literary Festival
Treasure Beach, Jamaica
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PHOTO: HUGH WRIGHT

Since 2001, the biennial Calabash International Literary Festival has brought the literati from around the world to Jakes Hotel on Jamaica’s Treasure Beachโ€” where, this weekend (May 30-June 1), youโ€™ll find the island’s top writers and international literary celebrities alike sharing and discussing their work in this distinctly Jamaican setting. This yearโ€™s edition features Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith, Jamaica Kincaid and Colum McCann (among many others), as well as musical performances by rapper-turned-publisher Prodigy of Mobb Deep (who will also be on hand to discuss his autobiography My Infamous Life), Jah-9 and Haitiโ€™s BeLo. The Calabash Acoustic Ensemble, an quartet led by Third Worldโ€™s Ibo Cooper will also lead a tribute to singer Judy Mowatt. And with workshop topics ranging from science fiction to writing in Jamaican dialect, audiences canโ€™t help but gain a better sense of the diversity of Caribbean literature. What’s more all events are free and open to the public.